Native Texan Livin': Happy New Year 2015

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Happy New Year 2015

I know you should never be happy to see the passing of time, but I for one was not sad to see 2014 end.  There were tons of good times, but unfortunately, an equal amount of not so good times.

But I have high hopes for 2015.

This year, I resolve to have a better attitude, an open mind, more patience, less doubt, more confidence, find that balance between what I want vs. what my family needs, say "yes" more, say "no" more & to finally defy gravity.  Not literally, but like the song.  Have you heard it?  Read the lyrics?  I'm through accepting limits 'cause someone says they're so.  Some things I cannot change but 'til I try, I'll never know. I love it!  I've said it before...I'll say it moves me...and I find me in almost every song I hear.

But enough about me, let's get back to US...
This year, we went to Austin to visit my sister Valerie and her family. (I guess she wasn't sick of us from being in Houston for almost a week for Christmas!) My other sister Julie also came with her family.  It was a nice 2 1/2 days letting the kids play with no definitive plans, visiting with each other & being together as we rang in the new year.

We started our New Year's Eve with some bowling.
Did you notice Bo's tight-rolled pants? :-)

The rest of the afternoon was spent resting & we ordered dinner in.  Afterwards, the dads played poker while the rest of us played board games & got hypnotized by tablets. ;-)

Valerie's neighbors were having a NYE party so we went down there around 8pm.  The kids played on the trampoline, played in the play room, ate (again) & posed for some pics at the photo booth.  We stayed there til about 11pm and then went home to get ready for the "kids countdown."

The kids did sparklers in the backyard & then put on their jammies to see "midnight" & go to bed.  (Don't tell them, but Val rewound the NYC NYE countdown so the kids would think it was really midnight!)

Almost right after we yelled "Happy New Year" Val's doorbell rings & it's her other neighbors who were gonna do fireworks in the cul-de-sac, so we went out.  While the rest of us enjoyed seeing the fireworks, Luke decided it was time for bed...on the neighbor's driveway!

Ringing in the new year w/ Dom Perignon.  Ooh la la!  Valerie got this bottle as a gift & she INSISTED on sharing it with us...and we glady accepted! :-)

first selfie of 2015! 
Happy New Year everyone.  May this year bring you as much happiness I hope to have in mine!

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